This is my final dress from my fifth anniversary trip this past Memorial Day weekend at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. And these are probably the best photos that my husband took of me. 🙂 He must have not been complaining about taking my photos like he usually does.
It’s been a year since I last made a Colette Chantilly. I adore this pattern and may just have to make another before summer is out. I had another dress in mind to make for our paper wedding anniversary, but decided that dress was going to be too hot to wear. I designed a pink cotton sateen dress strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, full skirt and black lace overlay with bateau neckline and 3/4 sleeves. Someday I will make it.
I decided to finally make this Chantilly instead, which is a project that has been on my sewing list for a few years now. So long that I’d already used the silk charmeuse that I initially bought to pair with this fabric! The fabric is a unique Anna Sui print on silk chiffon that I purchased from Fabric Mart a while back. I paired it with purple nylon lining from my stash. Of course the silk charmeuse would have been a more luxurious lining for this dress, but this synthetic lining works as well.
I adore this dress. I’m not sure what took me so long to sew this fabric up as it’s divine. I had a few other patterns in mind for the fabric over the time it’s been in my stash, but decided on the Chantilly.
I graded this pattern up, did a swayback adjustment and added about an inch to the hem. All the normal adjustments that I make to patterns.
My only issue with this dress is that I wish I would have cut both an underlay for the chiffon as well as a lining. That’s what I usually do for dresses with sheer overlays like this. That way the seams are hidden in between the layers. I did sew French seams on both the silk chiffon and the lining. This added quite a bit of time to the dressmaking process as it’s a gored skirt.
I absolutely love this dress and look forward to wearing it to other special occasions. I sure do miss the older designs of Colette’s patterns. I love the way the older patterns fit me and although I’m out of the size range, I don’t have to grade them up much, so it’s not a big deal to me.
These photos were taken outside of our suite at the Madonna Inn. I’ve always wanted to stay there, so it was wonderful fulfilling that wish and a great anniversary present from my parents. We stayed in the Irish Hills room (better photos here), which is a very green room with stereotypical Irish furnishings. It also has stone sinks and a stone shower and the most divine green carpeting. All of the rooms at the Madonna Inn have a different motif with kitschy decorating. I made a list of about ten rooms that I liked and after my husband discounted all of the pink ones, he chose this room. Perhaps influenced by his Irish heritage? 🙂
- Dress: Colette Chantilly in Anna Sui silk chiffon, made by me
- Shoes: Aerosoles